#13/15 Ohio State at Penn State Saturday, March 5 – 1:30 p.m. Bigler Field – University Park, Pa.
Buckeye Quick Shots • The game Saturday matches up the only two Big Ten Conference schools that sponsor Division I men’s lacrosse. This is the ninth-consecutive year the teams are meeting. The Buckeyes are 3-1 in the last four matchups with Penn State, including an overtime victory in Columbus last year. • The Buckeyes are in the national rankings for the second-consecutive week, coming in at No. 13 in the coaches poll and No. 15 in the media poll. • Sophomore Jeff Tundo is first for the Buckeyes with nine goals and 12 points. Classmate Logan Schuss is second with 10 points and six goals and shares the assist lead with freshman Tyler Frederick with four each. Tundo leads the ECAC in points and goals per game. • The Buckeyes are in the Top 10 nationally in four categories – man-down defense, shot percentage, scoring margin and scoring defense. • Ohio State is playing two games in four games, hosting Lehigh Tuesday night in the only home game for the squad in March. The game is scheduled for Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m.
Buckeyes vs. Nittany Lions The No. 12/14-ranked Ohio State men’s lacrosse team is in University Park, Pa., for a matchup with Penn State. The Buckeyes (3-1) and Nittany Lions (1-1) will meet at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Bigler Field, weather permitting. In the case of inclement weather, the game will be moved indoors to Holuba Hall.
The game matches up the only two Big Ten Conference schools with men’s lacrosse. Live stats and a video webcast are not scheduled to be available for the game.
Ohio State in the Polls Ohio State moved into the national rankings for the first time this season Feb. 21 after upsetting then-No. 3-ranked North Carolina Feb. 19. In the polls this week the Buckeyes moved up one spot, coming in at No. 12 in the USILA coaches’ poll and 14th in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media poll.
Buckeye Snapshot Ohio State is 3-1 on the year, with wins over Detroit (4-3), Mercer (20-2) and North Carolina (13-8) and a loss at UMass (11-9) last week. The team is averaging 11.50 goals a game, while allowing 6.0. The Buckeyes, who average 30.0 shots a game, have a 38.3 shooting percentage. The squad has 31.0 groundballs per game and is 70-for-83 (84.3 percent) on clears.
The team is led in scoring by sophomore Jeff Tundo who has nine goals and 12 points. Sophomore Logan Schuss is second with 10 points and tied with freshman Tyler Frederick for first in assists with four each. Frederick is third with eight points, followed by senior Jarred Bowman with seven (5g, 2a). Freshman Greg Dutton has started three games in the cage and has a 7.38 goals-against average and .500 save percentage. Sophomore Trey Wilkes has won 29-of-49 faceoffs (60.4 percent) and has 11 groundballs to rank second behind junior Keenan Ochwat who has 12.
Quick Turnaround Ohio State will be back in action Tuesday night, hosting Lehigh at 7 p.m. The game is scheduled to be played outside under the lights in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The contest is the Buckeyes’ lone home contest in the month of March.
Buckeyes vs. Nittany Lions Ohio State and Penn State have met each of the last eight seasons for the unofficial “Big Ten Championship,” with the Buckeyes 3-5 over the stretch and 3-1 in the last four meetings. The teams met in Columbus a year ago, with Ohio State winning in overtime, 11-10. The teams last met in State College in 2009, an 11-5 Nittany Lion win. All-time, Penn State leads the series, 11-3, including 6-1 in State College. The series dates to 1979.
OSU vs. PSU in 2010 The Buckeyes posted an 11-10 overtime victory against Penn State March 6, 2010, inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Buckeye Logan Schuss scored the gamewinner in overtime and chipped in a team-high four assists, while Mario Ventiquattro had a career-high four goals and goalie Brandon Freeman made 12 saves in the win.
The game saw five ties, but the Buckeyes never trailed after tying the game at 1 early in the first quarter. Ohio State led 3-2 after the opening stanza. The Nittany Lions tied it early in the second (3-3) and Ohio State responded to take a 5-3 lead. PSU cut it to 5-4 but a Buckeye goal with 2:33 left before halftime gave Ohio State a two-goal lead (6-4). The Nittany Lions then scored twice in the final 1:02 to send the teams into halftime deadlocked at 6. Ohio State outscored Penn State, 2-1, in the third quarter for an 8-7 lead through three. In the fourth, the Buckeyes scored the first two goals to open up a 10-7 advantage. Penn State went on a three-goal run to close out regulation and send it to overtime tied at 10-all, with two goals in the final 2:03. The Nittany Lions gained the first offensive possession in overtime but Ohio State forced a turnover and scored on the next possession for the victory.
Penn State Primer Penn State is 1-1 this year, opening the season with a 9-7 victory over Binghamton at home Feb. 19 before falling to No. 4-ranked Notre Dame, 6-2, last week in State College.
Matt Mackrides, a preseason all-conference selection, is first on the team with four goals and five points. Tom LaCrosse is second with two goals. Colton Vosburgh has two assists and three points. In goal freshman Austin Kaut has started both games and has a .658 save percentage, including 15 saves against Notre Dame. Sophomore faceoff specialist Danny Henneghan also was a preseason all-league honoree and has won 23-of-31 (.742) faceoffs this year.
Penn State competes in the CAA, where it is joined by Hofstra, Massachusetts, Delaware, Drexel, St. Joseph’s and Towson.
Last Time Out Ohio State dropped its road opener to No. 11 UMass, 11-9, last Saturday at Garber Field in Amherst, Mass. Senior Jarred Bowman led the Buckeyes with three goals (his first career hat trick) and four points. Sophomore Logan Schuss had two goals and an assist for three points and Jeff Tundo scored twice.
The Buckeyes led 2-0 early but UMass outscored Ohio State 5-1 in the rest of the half to head into the lockerroom with a 5-3 lead. Ohio State again opened a half with two quick goals, tying the game at 5 early in the third quarter. The Minutemen scored three goals in the final 4:11 of the stanza to regain the lead (8-5). UMass scored 1:16 into the fourth quarter to take a four-goal lead for the first time. Back-to-back goals by the Buckeyes drew Ohio State within two (9-7) before Connor Mooney scored two goals 57 seconds apart to give UMass an 11-7 lead. The Buckeyes were able to score twice in the final 2:16 but could not get closer.
Buckeyes in the Rankings The Buckeyes rank in the Top 10 nationally in four categories. The squad is tied with a number of other teams with a 100 percent man-down defense. The team is fourth in shooting percentage (38.3 percent), ninth in scoring margin (+5.5) and 10th in scoring defense (6.00). The team is in the Top 25 nationally in seven other categories.
Individually, Jeff Tundo is seventh in goals per game (3.0) and 13th in points per game (4.0). Freshman goalie Greg Dutton is 17th in goals-against average (7.42), with Tundo 19th in shot percentage (50 percent). Sophomore Trey Wilkes is 21st in face-off win percentage (.604).
Tundo leads all ECAC players in goals and points per game. Logan Schuss is second in points per game (3.33), tied for fourth in assists per game (1.33) and tied for third in goals per game (2.00). Buckeye This and That • Sophomore Logan Schuss has at least one point in all 18 of his collegiate games. His point streak is tied for the 15th-longest current streak in the NCAA. • Freshman Tyler Frederick, senior Mike Pires and sophomore Jeff Tundo each have at least one goal in each of their last three games. • Senior Jarred Bowman already has recorded a career-high five goals this season and has matched his personal best of seven points, first set last year while playing in all 15 games. He had a career-high three goals and four points last Saturday at UMass. • Ohio State is in a stretch of its schedule with five of six games on the road. • The Buckeyes are outscoring opponents 24-9 in the second half this year, including 14-5 in the third stanza and 10-4 in the fourth. • Jeff Tundo is three points away from his 50th career point as a Buckeye.
Watch the Buckeyes All Ohio State men’s lacrosse home games will be available to fans nationwide this season. Five games will be streamed through Buckeye Vision on OhioStateBuckeyes.com, with Lehigh and Loyola remaining. The game vs. Hobart April 9 will be produced by BigTenNetwork.com and streamed on that site for a fee. The broadcast may then be televised at a later date on Big Ten Network; an air date has not been set. The Showdown in the Shoe against Fairfield April 23 will be televised nationally on Big Ten Network.
The Buckeye Captains Five captains have been selected for Buckeyes this season, including seniors Jarred Bowman, Conor David, Scott Lathrop and Bryce Woodson and junior Brock Sorensen. The captains were selected by a vote of their teammates and the five selected were part of a group of players who indicated an interest in leading the team before practice began and auditioned throughout fall camp.
On the Sidelines Nick Myers is now in his third year as the head coach of the Buckeyes. He is joined by Andrew Baxter, also in his third year with the squad, and Dave Dobbins, who is in his second campaign. The newest addition to the staff is Patrick DeBolt, who joins the team as the volunteer assistant coach after spending last year with NCAA champion Duke as its volunteer. DeBolt is a 2009 graduate of Hofstra and spent time as an undergraduate assistant with the team. Mark Bergey is in his second year as the team’s director of operations.
Preseason Picks The Buckeyes were slated fourth in the ECAC Lacrosse Preseason Poll. Denver is first, followed by Loyola and Fairfield. Hobart was ranked fifth, with Air Force sixth and Bellarmine seventh. Buckeye sophomore Logan Schuss, an honorable mention All-American and the ECAC Rookie of the Year, was named to the 2011 Preseason All-ECAC Team. In the coaches’ preseason picks in Faceoff Yearbook Schuss and defenseman Brock Sorensen both were named to the team.
Get Your Tickets Tickets for all Ohio State men’s lacrosse home games in 2011 are now on sale. Tickets for the first six contests are $5 for adults and $3 for children, with Ohio State students and children 6 and under admitted free. Tickets for groups of 10 or more are $2 each; to purchase contact group sales at 614-247-1984.
Tickets for the fourth annual Showdown in the Shoe, which features the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team taking on Fairfield at 11 a.m. April 23 in Ohio Stadium, went on sale Feb. 4. Single-game tickets, which include both the lacrosse game and football spring game, are $7 each when purchased prior to game day. Children 6 and under and Ohio State students (with BuckID) are admitted free. Gameday tickets will be $15 each and must be purchased with cash. Tickets for groups of 50 or more are available prior to gameday for $5 each. The group rate is not available online; those interested in purchasing group tickets should call 614-292-0043.
Tickets to all games may be purchased by going online to www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com (click on SHOP, then TICKETS, then BUY SINGLE GAME TICKETS, or click HERE), by calling 800-745-3000, in person at any Ticketmaster outlet or in person at the OSU Ticket Office in the southeast corner of the Schottenstein Center. Note additional service charges apply to any phone or online ticket orders.
Follow the Buckeyes Keep up with the Buckeyes online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com, the official website of OhioS tate athletics. In addition, the men’s lacrosse team has a Twitter feed which is updated during the week and in-game. Visit Twitter.com/OhioState_MLAX to follow the squad.
A Look Ahead After the home game vs. Lehigh at 7 p.m. Tuesday, the Buckeyes will be on the road for games at Albany March 12, Virginia March 19 and Notre Dame March 23. The squad will then open ECAC play with home games against Loyola April 2 and Hobart April 9.